Team - Botanist Restaurant


After prestigious stints on the Miami, San Francisco and Toronto culinary scenes, Chef Hector settled into Vancouver at Hawksworth as Senior Sous Chef before taking the helm at Botanist. Under his direction, Botanist has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Restaurants, listed on the World’s 50 Best Discovery list, and a CAA/AAA Four Diamond restaurant.

All it took was a culinary trip to Italy and France for Jayden’s career aspirations to solidify. Under the Tuscan sun, he fell in love with the craft and has since flourished on the Culinary Olympic and competition circuit. As second in command, whenever Chef Hector isn’t at Botanist, look for Jayden running the culinary show.



Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Tushar initially pursued an education in hospitality before jumping into a culinary career. He brings his passion for cooking and positive energy as a leader in the kitchen. During his days off, this avid fitness enthusiast can be found running around the seawall or out hiking the local mountains.



This Aussie hailing from Melbourne is a kingpin of the global cocktail scene. Named World-Class Canadian Bartender of the Year in 2014, his cocktailing has taken him everywhere from South Africa to Amsterdam. When not catching waves or shaking things up abroad, he’s taking the Pac Rim beverage program to incredible new heights.

A born-and-raised Calgarian, Jeff Savage is a self-taught historian of spirits. He brings the tastes from his global travels and mixes unexpected flavour combinations. Jeff was most recently named as a national finalist in the Diageo World Class and Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative bartender. With a love for the mountains and nature, it is no surprise Jeff has set his roots at Botanist.